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"I now no longer hate the look of my house and for the first time in many years am not dreading the winter!"

A row of Pembrokeshire council houses has had a makeover to improve its insulation and increase its life-span.  Bush Terrace in Jamestown, near Manorbier, was originally constructed between the first and second world wars to overcome housing shortages of the time.  



BETTER HOMES: Councillor David Simpson (right) is pictured outside Bush Terrace along with 
Peter Meredith, Managing Director of Celtic Rendering Systems Limited (left) and Councillor Malcolm Calver


The seven homes were built with a steal framed system described as “non-traditional”.  In the 1980’s, defects were discovered in this and other non-traditional housing systems leading to the design being designated defective under Housing Defects Legislation.  As a result, remedial works to the steel frames were carried out in the mid 1980’s.  Following a more recent structural survey, Pembrokeshire County Council’s building maintenance department concluded that the best way to increase the lifetime and thermal performance of the houses was to overclad the external walls with an insulated render system.

This work was carried out, along with other improvements such as re-roofing and the renewal of soffit, fascia and rainwater goods.  Councillor David Simpson, cabinet member for housing and sustainability said the new system would not only protect and prolong the life of the existing building fabric but would also improve insulation.  “Aesthetically the system also improves the visual appearance of the houses, resulting in a more traditional look” he said. 


Manorbier County Councillor, Malcolm Calver, welcomed the insulation and redecoration work.  “It will reduce the heating costs of the properties and hopefully this can be taken forward to other similar houses in Pembrokeshire”.

Tenants in rural areas are seeing their homes transformed with an extra £600,000 awarded to Tai Ceredigion from the Welsh Government’s ARBED scheme at the beginning of this year.  The housing association received the extra money to externally insulate its homes across Ceredigion.  The first homes to benefit from the extra funding have been in Penparc, Cardigan where the Burry Port based contractor Celtic Rendering Systems has moved quickly to insulate the properties with Welsh produced Rockwool external wall insulation after Nolan Windows renewed the windows and doors.

Mrs Angela Eagles, a mother of three and a tenant in Penparc said “The external wall insulation, with the new windows and doors, are already making a huge difference to our fuel bills.  Our bungalow is lovely and warm and we are hardly using any oil to heat it.  Our fuel costs have been halved already”.

Mrs Irene Cunningham added “I now only have to put my heating on once a day as my flat stays so warm.  The team from Celtic Rendering Systems have been excellent; they have worked extremely quickly and have been really polite and tidy.  If there were any problems, they were on hand to put is straight”.

Llyr Edwards, Tai Ceredigion’s Director of Property Services said “This is the second phase of external wall insulation onto homes after last year’s successful projects in Aberystwyth, Ponterwyd and Pontrhydfendigaid.  Tenants in Penparc, Bow Street, Croeslan, Gorsgoch, Prengwyn, Silan, Llys Deri in Lampete, Ysbyty Ystwych and Dihewyd will benefit from cheaper heating and electricity bills due to their homes being better insulated.  We are also proud to be employing Welsh companies to apply the Welsh Rockwool product during the project and the funding has also provided training opportunities and ensured that jobs are retained”.






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